Ten percent of Jerez fans drove drunk or high
More than one in 10 drivers and motorcycle riders leaving the race track following Sunday's motorcycle Grand Prix were drugged or drunk.
1 April 2008
JEREZ - More than one in 10 drivers and motorcycle riders leaving the Jerez race track following Sunday's motorcycle Grand Prix were drugged or drunk, according to Spanish traffic officials who increased the number of checks in response to the event.
Out of 95 drivers and riders tested leaving the race course, 11 tested positive for excessive alcohol consumption or for consuming illegal drugs.
"We need to find ways to combat these problem," Bartolomé Vargas, Spain's chief prosecutor of traffic crimes, said yesterday.
Of those caught, four were charged with a crime while the others were given administrative sanctions, including losing their driving licences and being made to pay hefty fines.
Vargas noted that two motorcyclists died travelling to or from the annual congregation of motorcycle fans in Jerez, compared to six last year.
[Copyright El Pais / Pablo Linde 2008]
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